In the 31 years between 1914 and 1945 the world experienced two of the most devastating wars in human history. By the time the guns fell silent in August 1945, more than 77 million lives had been claimed. In addition, tens of millions had been wounded and maimed, many debilitated for life. Millions more were homeless, starving refugees. Great cities such as Warsaw, Kiev, Tokyo and Berlin, and scores of others had been reduced to rubble. In Germany alone 70% of all housing had been destroyed. The apocalyptic team of war, famine, pestilence and disease seemed to have left the world reeling.
Jerusalem! Few other words can elicit feelings of hope and peace, and at the same time sentiments of sorrow and heartbreak, or in some cases, anger, vengeance and division. Strange, as the word itself literally means "City of Peace." Why does Jerusalem still impact the affairs and emotions of peoples around the world? And what is in store for its future?
Several issues ago we took a look at the remarkable transformation of caterpillar to butterfly (“The Butterfly: Master of Metamorphosis,” January-February 2018). But this humble creature has far more surprises in store for those willing to look more closely.